Trust the Process

As I finish up my final year at Pitt, I am grateful to look back on all of my experiences here and all of the people I have been fortunate enough to meet. The best piece of advice I have is something that I’m sure everyone has heard at some point before, but it encapsulates…

A Word to the Wise

My advice about college might be a bit backwards. But I am a firm believer that you shouldn’t stress and worry too much. So, my recommendation is to not worry too much! When you’re deciding where to go, don’t pick over every little detail and find reasons that you wouldn’t want to go. Instead, take…

Growing Professional Skills at Disability Sports Australia

As a second semester junior, I have had many opportunities to prepare for this internship experience through course work and various other professional endeavors. While I have accumulated a small understanding of the work world, there are still many facets to learn and explore. By working at Disability Sports Australia, I hope to unpack how…

A Space of My Own: Embracing Language & Liminality

My grandmother is getting old. Her English is surprisingly good at this age, but words sometimes escape her. I see her struggle to hear my brother and mother over the phone, whenever they sit down to chat over WhatsApp. She used to struggle to understand me, too. In fact, she probably struggled to understand me…

The Journey is the Accomplishment

It’s common for accomplishments in college – academically, professionally, personally, etc. – to feel like a constantly-moving target. Too often we get lost in an idea of what success will look like in the future instead of focusing on how it looks for us in the present moment. There is always more to do, more…

Apprehend. Accept. Accomplish.

My biggest accomplishment is acceptance. Our generation is hard wired to be comparative and competitive in nature. In high school, it was harder to learn anything because of the importance of grades. The moment I would get interested in a topic; it would be time for another midterm and that didn’t let me fully learn…

Progress is like clothing–it looks different on everyone

My biggest accomplishment thus far… what a tough question to answer. I have gone through many transformations, both academically and socially, since college began and who I was before I entered college feels like a lifetime away. It’s difficult to quantify what an accomplishment means, so I spent some time thinking about the most impactful…

Passion Project: Education Across Borders

When I first got to Pitt, I was overwhelmed with all of the opportunities newly available to me and by all of the activities and projects people were involved in. Everyone appeared to be so put together and seemed to have a sort of “passion project” that motivated them. It took me a while to…

The Balance of Life

Throughout your undergraduate career, many people will ask you what your biggest accomplishment is. For me, my biggest achievement isn’t a singular moment. Rather, it has been achieving the work-life balance that allows me to excel in my courses while allowing me time to enjoy the myriad of activities that I enjoy. When you have…

Becoming a Researcher

Undertaking a research project sounds intimidating, at least to me. I never thought I would be doing research of my own during my time here at Pitt, but here I am. I did not even know that I could get involved with research as an undergraduate student until last semester, after giving a presentation in…